Intermediate Cross Sticking

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk, from the DrumLessons.com team of instructors, takes you through five very cool sounding drum beats that include cross-sticking. These challenging drum beats are 16th note and 16th note triplet based, and feature lots of syncopation and broken hi-hat patterns. If you have patience and just keep working on them, with time, you’ll not only learn some slick drum beats but improve your cross-sticking technique tremendously.

Much like many free drum lessons on this website, going through them in a step-by-step approach will do wonders for your drumming. So even if you’re an intermediate drummer, we encourage you to start this series of free drum lessons on cross-sticking drum beats with the free drum lesson “Beginner Cross-Sticking“. That lesson will teach you some cool concepts and techniques on cross-sticking that you might not be aware off, as well as beginner drum beats that you can use for brushing up on your ability to play cross-stick based drum beats. If you’re a beginner drummer, we recommend that you to go through the lesson “Beginner Cross Sticking” before giving this one a whirl. Doing so will enable you to attain a solid foundation that you’ll be able to build upon with greater ease. Therefore, going through the beginner drum beats before the intermediate drum beats will help you avoid unnecessary frustrations.

With exercise #4 in this free drum lesson, Jared Falk shows how you can ghost note cross-stick strokes for coming up with a totally different feel. With that in mind, once you’re done with this free drum lesson, we encourage you to take this concept and apply it to the drum beats included in the free drum lesson “Intermediate Ghost Notes“. Going through the free drum lesson “Intermediate Opening-Closing Hi-Hats“ is a great idea as well, and will add a lot of cool little nuances to your cross-sticking based drum beats.




  • nickstickenz says:

    This is great stuff jes dah I can’t download them couse ma fone (blackberry) dosent suport it , but good stuffs though .

  • jehu bent says:

    Jared can you please get some gospel beats for me

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  • meher says:

    Hey Jared. May i know some good songs to play drums on for a intermediate? Thanks in advance.

  • Travis says:

    I’d love to get a new secret lesson up for doing drum battle fills because i’ve been doing drum battles with my music teacher every week and i need some new material for battles if you could hook me up i would really appreciate it

  • aldwin says:

    hi thank to all …
    very very nice.. lesson … thank again and godbless

  • zakkiyah says:

    hey jared while you play the drums i play along with you i have my own sticks and you really help me play more better and i play at my church ill be coming on this site every day so i can get more better. can you do church music beats so that i can play along with them too.

    • Luke says:

      I actually would love a lesson on that, specifically on doing…what to call it…”mood” cymbals? Y’know, when the drummers are trying to fill in the bridge that the lead pastor is filling with just guitar, and you’re not really playing a bridge, but just some emotional uplifters? I would LOVE to learn how to make some really awesome bell patterns to do that 🙂

  • Ashane says:

    Hey jared..im playng in a Raggae band … so. Thz lesson really helps me lot.. could you plz do a drum lessons on Raggae beats and fills.. that will be really important to me…
    Thankx jared..

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  • Duke says:

    I’d love a lesson on how you get your hihat speed up. Your wrist movement is way different from mine and seems to facilitate playing faster. Would that be a possible lesson in the future?


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